Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

USF football not playing Florida in 2015

PONTE VEDRA BEACH — USF football's second shot at playing Florida has been pushed back for a third time, as the two schools won't meet in 2015.

USF athletic director Doug Woolard said Tuesday that the game — originally announced in 2002 to be played in 2009, then 2011, then 2015 — is no longer attached to any year, though the two schools remain contractually bound to play.

Woolard, attending the Big East's annual meetings, has shown a preference not to schedule road games for which USF doesn't receive a home date in return. This year's opener at Notre Dame is the only exception he has approved since becoming athletic director in 2004. USF played in Gainesville in September, a 38-14 loss. The Bulls have had home-and-home series with Florida State and Miami.

The Bulls are hesitant to schedule too many games until it's clear how many conference games they'll play as the Big East considers expansion. Starting in 2012, USF will have eight conference games instead of seven with the addition of TCU to the league. USF might opt to have one out-of-conference opponent from a BCS conference in the new model, and the Bulls are scheduled to play at Indiana in 2015.

APR improvements: USF's athletic department made major gains in the NCAA's Academic Progress Rate scores, which measure teams' success in maintaining their athletes' eligibility and retention in the program.

USF football made the largest improvement of any BCS school, improving its overall four-year score to 952, up from 930 a year ago, and the two-year improvement of 43 points is 14 points better than the next closest by any BCS school. Men's basketball raised its four-year score from 915 to 937, well above the score of 925 below which a team is susceptible to sanctions from the NCAA.

"I'm excited about it; I think you can't talk about this without (mentioning) the job that Jason Linders does academically, the addition he's made to our academic team," football coach Skip Holtz said. "And the job this staff has done in getting involved in these players' lives."

Eight teams posted a perfect score of 1,000 for the 2009-10 academic year, highlighted by women's tennis, which was honored by the NCAA last week with special recognition for maintaining a four-year score of 1,000.

The only team that faced any penalties from the NCAA was women's basketball, whose score dropped to 917 from 952 due to heavy turnover in the 2009-10 season. Coach Jose Fernandez lost Jessica Monroe to academic issues and suspended Janae Stokes, Dominique English and Sequoyah Griffin indefinitely for a violation of team rules. The team went without two scholarships for the past year as a penalty for the low score but is back to full strength for the upcoming season.

"At the end of the day, I hold our kids academically and athletically responsible and for them to make the right decisions," Fernandez said.

Staying put: Woolard, mentioned as a possible candidate for the athletic director job at Illinois, said he has no plans to leave USF.

"It's probably more of a compliment to USF than it is to Doug Woolard," said the native of Carbondale, in southern Illinois. "We've got really good support here from the university and the Tampa Bay region, and we've been able to make some significant advancements. We have a lot of tremendous potential ahead of us, and I look forward to the opportunities we have in front of us."

Woolard was one of several names mentioned by the Springfield (Ill.) State Journal-Register on Monday in a story discussing potential successors to Ron Guenther, who is retiring this summer.

USF football not playing Florida in 2015 05/24/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 24, 2011 10:51pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Rays morning after: There (really) are still reasons to be optimistic


    There are plenty of reasons to be pessimistic about the Rays' chances to get out of their extended skid and make the playoffs, including veteran 3B Evan Longoria's acknowledgement after Thursday's game that the pressures of …

  2. Is Bucs kicker Nick Folk a significant upgrade over Roberto Aguayo?


    Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter made it clear.

    Bucs kicker Nick Folk is entering his 11th NFL season. He spent three seasons with the Cowboys and seven with the Jets. [LOREN ELLIOTT  |  Times]
  3. Tim Tebow Week: 12 stories from his Tampa Bay tour


    Alas, Tim Tebow Week — eight baseball games in eight nights that reunited Tebow with his Tampa Bay friends and admirers — is over. The fun ended Thursday night.

    St. Lucie Mets outfielder Tim Tebow meets fans and signs autographs before the beginning of the Mets at Threshers game at Spectrum Field on Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017 in Clearwater. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times

  4. Bucs journal: Kicker Nick Folk has up and downs against Jaguars


    JACKSONVILLE — If the Bucs had hoped for a drama-free night in their kicking game, they'll have to wait another week.

    Bucs kicker Nick Folk celebrates one of his two made field goals against the Jaguars, but he also misses a field goal and has an extra point blocked.
  5. Bucs top Jaguars behind strong first half



    There is a reason why the air in Tampa Bay is filled with playoff talk. If Thursday night's 12-8 Bucs preseason win over the Jaguars is any indication, it's also going to be filled with footballs thrown by quarterback Jameis Winston.

    Doug Martin gets the Bucs’ only touchdown  on a 2-yard run, squeaking past linebacker Telvin Smith in the first quarter. He has five carries for 30 yards.